Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500

Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500

by Hugh Cunningham
     
 

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This book investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of five hundred years.  Hugh Cunningham tells an engaging story of the development of ideas about childhood from the Renaissance to the present, taking in Locke, Rosseau, Wordsworth and Freud, revealing

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This book investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of five hundred years.  Hugh Cunningham tells an engaging story of the development of ideas about childhood from the Renaissance to the present, taking in Locke, Rosseau, Wordsworth and Freud, revealing considerable differences in the way western societites have understood and valued childhood over time.  His survey of parent/child relationships uncovers evidence of parental love, care and, in the frequent cases of child death, grief throughout the period, concluding that there was as much continuity as change in the actual relations of children and adults across these five centuries.


For undergraduate courses in History of the Family, European Social History, History of Children and Gender History.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'...a most elegant survey of ideas about childhood and of children’s lives in modern western society… a stimulating yet accessible analysis of a part of human experience so difficult for the historian to uncover.’

Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow, UK

‘…necessary reading for those seeking a fuller understanding of modern childhood.’

John Stewart, Oxford Brookes University, UK

In Praise of the first edition:

‘…an excellent and accessible starting point.’

Anthony Fletcher, University of London, UK

‘Any reader in search of a clear, well-written, and comprehensive account of the history of children and childhood could ask for nothing better.’

Victor Slater, Louisiana State University, USA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317868033
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/10/2014
Series:
Studies In Modern History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Hugh Cunningham is Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Kent.

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